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CES kicks off on Jan 9th, with a tidal wave of new products and tech being showcased. Here's what's relevant for HTPC....


HDR Displays - New products with advanced LED tech are expected at CES and most of them will be sporting HDR of some sort and DisplayHDR certification. Samsung and LG will be showcasing their new microLED/nanoLED (same damn thing) display tech that is intended to replace OLED, which has not taken off due to manufacturing difficulties and tech stagnation.

Dolby Vision - UHDTVs will be showcased with DV and the announcement of DV software updates for older UHDTVs will be made at the show. There might be at least one DV PC display demo, with more to come at Computex, where the bulk of monitor and computer stuff happens. You can also expect announcements of DV software updates for new/upcoming GPU hardware and various Android devices that already have some form of HDR, as Android 8 supports DV and will be on all the new devices launching at CES.

UHD-BD On Da PC - Self-explanatory. UHD-BD-ROM drives for desktops and laptops are now available to PC OEMs via LG, so there is the possibility of UHD-capable PCs and notebooks with these drives being shown off. PC makers are now shipping products with PowerDVD 17 Ultra, which is the only player available at this time. UHD-capable computers are going to be a big focus at the upcoming CES and next year, Dell is expected to update their media-oriented 4K XPS 27 with a UHD-BD-ROM drive and a new HDR-capable display panel, which may be showcased at CES. More brands will show products around Computex, per the industry norm, now that chipsets for UHD-BD drives are being made by Mediatek, who supplies most of the Asian drive manufacturers with their chipsets.

New GPUs From AMD and Nvidia - AMD is expected to finally launch Raven Ridge APUs after significant delays to focus on Ryzen. Driver and software updates for PlayReady and the new security processor inside Raven Ridge are expected to be available by April. Nvidia is expected to launch Volta, their latest generation of GPU, packing HBM or GDDR6. You can expect HDR demos from both companies, using some of the new HDR monitors announced at CES. I wouldn't expect any compact HTPC-friendly cards with the new hardware, until Computex.

Thunderbolt 3 - Intel is expected to announce new Thunderbolt 3 stuff, now that the hardware is royalty-free and that will pay off later at Computex, where the industry could unveil many storage products with Thunderbolt.

AV1 Codec - The long-awaited royalty-free video codec is supposed to be locked down in January, with adoption by various streaming services later in the year. Initial codec support will be via software decoders using hybrid decoding, with hardware decoding on GPU silicon to follow in late 2019/ early 2020. Those of you with the newest high-end Nvidia and AMD cards will probably be able to use it, while those with lesser GPUs probably won't be able to use it and will have to wait for GPU upgrades. AOMedia will be present at CES, but their presentation and meeting area will be off-site, at a nearby hotel, where they will likely demo the latest build of the codec and present the upcoming features.

Compact HTPC/Media PCs - Zotac, ASUS, etc. will be at CES showcasing their latest and upcoming products with Intel's Gemini Lake chipset and AMD's Raven Ridge APUs, which can be dropped into current AM4 hardware designs. Both will have native HDMI 2.0 and HDR10 support is expected. Intel is expected to launch their Gemini Lake NUCs and give a glimpse of their Skull Canyon NUC successor, which packs an AMD GPU tied to a high-end Intel CPU, which will be launched around Computex.


This discussion thread will be updated with various bits and pieces of news and info as the expo draws nearer, begins, and ends.
 

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The launches have begun! AMD and Intel have both launched new CPUs, paired with Radeon graphics. Intel's hardware is intended for their Skull Canyon replacement, Hades Canyon, which features an AMD GPU paired with an Intel CPU and HBM for turbo-charged graphics. AMD has launched it's Raven Ridge desktop APUs, which can be plopped into existing AM4 boards with BIOS updates, and will be launching new board chipsets with a speed bump in the near future. At Computex, we'll be seeing a lot of compact PCs with the new AMD and Intel chips. AMD will be pushing HDMI 2.1 updates in upcoming driver updates for the Radeon RX cards to enable them for upcoming TV and display products expected later this year. That means The X1X console will also be getting that, probably around the holidays, when the first high-end HDMI 2.1 TVs could be out. AMD is also benefiting from a slew of low-end FreeSync-capable monitors being launched this year, with HP announcing several FHD models to be available in April. I suspect we'll see more high-end/enthusiast ones at Computex.

Nvidia has announced a new line of gaming displays called BFGDs (Big Format Gaming Displays) that feature G-Sync HDR and integrated Nvidia SHIELD TV hardware. Acer and HP are both showing off 65-inch prototypes at CES, with availability to come in the holiday sale season. ASUS has their own, which will likely be shown off at Computex. No word on whether or not these are new SHIELD hardware or the existing SHIELD TV hardware, but Nvidia is supposed to have the newer Xavier available in limited numbers by the last quarter of the year, so it's anyone's guess until Nvidia clarifies.

Dolby Vision is showing up all over the place at CES, in laptops and TVs, so I expect to see more products announced throughout the week on the PC side of things. Maybe tablets too.
 

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I'm curious to know how exactly those Big Format Displays are going to work in regards to a receiver. It is my guess that 120hz/G-Sync aren't going to work if the PC is going to the receiver and then from receiver to TV.....and if that's the case then I'm not seeing the point of these.
 

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I'm curious to know how exactly those Big Format Displays are going to work in regards to a receiver. It is my guess that 120hz/G-Sync aren't going to work if the PC is going to the receiver and then from receiver to TV.....and if that's the case then I'm not seeing the point of these.
They are for gamers, but the built-in SHIELD TV gives it video hardware for HTPC use, so the G-Sync would be tied into the Tegra GPU AND external GPU. It's also possible they will use HDMI 2.1, but all companies are quiet on the input/output specs at this time. We'll know more at Computex.
 

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Man those Hades Canyon NUCs are really tempting.
So was Skull Canyon, but that turned out to be a complete and utter disaster for Intel. Better wait a year and see how the design holds up with the new chip. The chip is going to be used in more traditional designs, so you should look at those, rather than what Intel is offering in Hades Canyon.
 

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But they sure are tempting:
https://www.anandtech.com/show/12226/intels-hades-canyon-nucs-with-radeon-graphics-are-official-799999-shipping-in-spring-2018

$999 actually isn't that bad, but if you load it to the max with RAM and storage, it's going to turn out to be a pretty expensive little computer.

Apparently it's game performance is similar to a GTX1050 or the powered-down 1060, which is nice.
https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2018/01/kaby-lake-g-unveiled-intel-cpu-amd-gpu-nvidia-beating-performance/
 
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